Restoration of Grantham’s Wyndham Park into a World War One Memorial Park is under way in advance of a grand September opening.
Work has started on building new facilities, restoration of original buildings and new landscape
features ready for September’s ‘Dawn of a New Era’ family day opening celebration.
The Memorial Park will invoke an era when men of the Machine Gun Corps marched through the historic Memorial Arch on their way to training at Belton Park, confirmed Cllr Matthew Lee, Leader of South Kesteven District Council and holder of the council’s arts and culture portfolio.
He said: “It’s exciting to see work underway to restore the park to its former glory. We have a golden opportunity to build on the reputation of Wyndham Park, already an award winner for its quality, to make the new memorial park a key cultural and leisure destination in the town.”
The joint SKDC and Wyndham Park Forum Heritage Lottery Fund and Big Lottery Fund project is
supported by £818,000 of Heritage Lottery and Big Lottery funding towards the £1m-plus project, to include community events and building a body of volunteers.
Juliet Slater, Team Leader for park contractor Robert Woodhead Ltd, said: “We’re delighted to
be working with South Kesteven District Council again, on what is a very exciting project.”
Architectural partners Southern Green Chartered Landscape Architects and Hugh Massey Architects
are specialists in park restoration projects and together have delivered over 50 HLF projects, including several award winning schemes.
Southern Green Director Simon Green said: ‘Wyndham Park is a gem of a park located in the heart
of the town. Works will restore important building and garden features as well as improving access across the park.’